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When you list your home for sale, you are often competing against 10-12 other homes that a prospective buyer will view. While you do not need to fix all deferred maintenance items, home buying is an emotional process and you will save time and money when your home appeals to prospective buyers in the best possible way. Below are some of the most effective ways to increase your homes appearance without breaking the bank.

First impressions go a long way.
Your front door is one of the first things buyers will notice. If your door is outdated, damaged, or the paint is peeling, this will turn off prospects even before they enter your house. Make sure the door has a fresh coat of paint or wood stain, and if needed, replace the door.

Turn your bathroom into a spa.
For less than 25 dollars you can create the feel of a pleasurable and luxurious bath. Display some pretty soaps in a decorative tray, add some scented candles, hang a fluffy white bathrobe or stack some folded towels tied in a ribbon. The ideas are limitless.

Gender neutral bedrooms.
The master bedroom should appeal to buyers of both sexes. Paint the walls with neutral colors and complement it with accessories, clean crisp linens, and beddings that highlights the wall color.

Don`t forget the kitchen.
Kitchens sell homes. Keep your countertops clean and add fresh fruits or flowers. If your kitchen appliances are outdated, consider investing in a new stove or refrigerator. It will pay off when you get offers from multiple buyers.

Rearrange your living room furniture.
Reposition sofas and chairs into cozy conversational groups. Help your buyers see themselves spending time with their families and friends relaxing in the living area. Remove any excess furniture that makes a room feel cluttered.

Make it look spacious.
Another trick to make a room appear bigger is to put up wall mirrors and paint adjacent walls the same color. Mirrors create an illusion of space, so consider installing some in smaller rooms or hallways. Make sure to add some lamps to any dark corners of the house.

Play up the front yard.
If you live in a quiet area where people would feel welcome out front, you might choose to add a basic kids tree swing, some benches or a hammock. A simple addition like this creates a serene feel perfect for afternoon playing or resting. Also, keep the yard well maintained to help ensure a great first impression.

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